E-readers are a comfy piece of technology.

E-readers are a comfy piece of technology.
They are there to snuggle with you on the bed when you are down, sad and want to escape reality a bit.
Unlike phones and other general tech where all the pieces of shit that make you sad like social media, messengers, work, etc are right there to keep draining you.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >full of ads

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >perma-airplane mode
      >pirate books
      >calibre
      you're welcome

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This.
        Only advantage jailbreaking gave me was custom wallpapers for ~1 month before it bricked

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What happened?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Absolutely this. Purchased my kindle 7 years ago. Connected it to internet only the first week. It haven't been out of airplane mode since then.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      moron

      I've been thinking about getting an e-reader to put my EPUBs on. I've been reading them on my computer for the time being but I would like something easier on the eyes for long sittings.

      Its great for epubs(not so much for pdfs), miles better than reading on the PC. Its nicer on the eyes and easier to hold in a comfy position. Also e-ink is nice to look at with ambient light.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      my boox not air 3 b/w has no ads
      >but muh chinks
      just don't connect it to the internet, no need for internet when reading books

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >"she" bought an e-ink device from globohomosexual corp.
      kek. Rest in piss Kindle gay. My Kobo Libra 2 doesn't have this problem.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      should've got a kobo, fricktard. my Sage doesn't have ads or aids

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Anon what the frick are you using that you see constant ads lmao

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Calibre

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Calibre
        that's full of aids, not ads

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've been thinking about getting an e-reader to put my EPUBs on. I've been reading them on my computer for the time being but I would like something easier on the eyes for long sittings.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    anyone got one of these?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      anyone? meebook m7

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >reading books to escape reality
    ?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Its one form of getting away from your usual routine while doing comfy shit unbothered by distractions. You can enhance it by going camping or something to get further away from BS.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tbh I don't see an advantage over the average tablet or my phablet OnePlus

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Because you aren't outside.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Who the frick is reading outside and how boring does your life have to be?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Less (no) eyerape

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just want a good ereader with an sd card. Frick man. But I already bought one I dont want to pay 200 bucks for a new one.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Pocketbook used to offer micro SD on their readers but for some reason they removed it on a lot of newer models. The Verse still has one but the more expensive Verse Pro with 300ppi doesn't.
      Boox Poke 5 includes a SD slot for $170.
      You could also replace the internal SD card on Kobo models like the Glo HD or Clara but the newer Clara Colour and BW don't have that.
      Meebook M6 should also be below 200.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Frick. I have a Forma. build quality also sucks, the power button is hard to press. The page turn buttons are cheap etc. They even artificially reduce the performance on epubs that you can bypass by converting them to kepub (or using koreader) only good thing is that you can now bypass registration.
        >for some reason
        They hate their customers.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Give me an E-reader/E-paper with large storage (SD-card slot is enough), color screen preferable AND without androidOS (this is my dealbreaker).
        I'm considering the Boox colored model (like Note Air C/Tab Ultra C Pro) as perfect for me, except for the OS

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I just got the Boox Palma last week it has a microSD card slot & didn't even realize that it had one when I ordered it.it has 128 GB of internal memory & that's a lot of books to start with.
      I purchased it just because of the smaller size & therefore portability. Plus it has a GPU so it very responsive.You can change the refresh rate.
      Very pleased with this purchase, so far its a fantastic experience.
      I also own the Kobo Clara & Clara 2 which are great as well

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a Sage a couple of weeks ago, it'smy first e-reader and I'm very happy with it.
    That being said, there are some minor annoyances and bugs with it (mostly the phantom stylus it keeps detecting, which forces the 'my notebooks' tab onto my menu).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      based sagebro. I bought mine shortly after it released and it's really a great reader
      also give Koreader a try for it, at least for reading. it's much faster than the stock interface and is pretty much distraction-free (no annoying widgets on the homescreen, etc)
      https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=314220 there's an easy install here, takes a minute or two

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I've applied a few patches to the stock UI and it seems to be serving me well but I'll probably give koreader a try at some point, though I had heard it can eat into battery life, no idea if that was ever addressed.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >though I had heard it can eat into battery life, no idea if that was ever addressed
          yeah that's an issue on my Sage too, especially when it's in sleep mode, it can drain in a few days. my Glo HD doesn't have that problem, weirdly enough. it was never addressed on Koreader afaik

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That's a shame. I'm still very pleased with the purchase, not having any prior experience or expectations for battery life probably helps. Honestly, up until I got my unit I didn't really get the e-ink thing but even on an 'older' model like the Sage, the screen is beautiful and has converted me.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            the Sage isn't that old, the screen is only one generation older than current e-ink screens and even then, the difference between Carta 1200 (Sage) and Carta 1300 (newer models) is barely visible. the only thing it arguably could be missing is color, but when you look at how color e-ink screens look like currently, it's better not to have it

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I assumed there would have been a few more developments between the Sage and current models, mostly in refresh speed. I took a look at a number of reviews for different models, including color screens and it's pretty obvious that they have some ways to go. I am pretty surprised bt how few 8" options there are, that was one of my biggest deciding factors in the end.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I don't think 8" is that great of a format. It's too bulky to fit in a pocket and too small to handle documents, manga etc.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            (I'm the anon they were originally replying to)
            it handles manga just fine as long as you're not trying to do page spreads. single pages are comfy at that size
            I'd say if I were to buy another e-reader right now I'd go at least 10", ideally 13", but I get by perfectly fine with 8

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Even 4koma?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            8" is roughly the page size of my physical manga, I can't imagine going any smaller but bigger seemed potentially too unweildy. It seems like a sweet spot for me but I've got no other units to compare it to.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I purchases a Boox Note Air 3 for reading pdfs and occasionally read manga and its great. I couldn't imagine going any smaller. It is a bit heavy but the heft is worth the easy reading especially with some pdfs that have small text.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            the problem with the Note Air 3 (and a lot of big models, for that matter) is that their screens aren't 300ppi

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Its 227 and honestly it seems fine to me. Maybe 300 is that much better but I can't tell without another one side by side to compare

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Maybe 300 is that much better
            think about it this way: the Note Air 3 has a lower resolution than the Sage despite being much bigger (2 inches is a pretty significant difference, my entire physical 6" Glo HD can fit in the Sage's screen). 300ppi looks really crisp and I'd rather not go lower personally

            Even 4koma?

            send me a 4koma image and I'll show you how it looks on it. I don't really read that format normally so I have no idea, but I'll try it for you

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous
          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            oh right, I think I actually have LuckyStar in that format
            here's how yours looks on my Sage. looks pretty good and readable to me (just ignore the potato camera quality kek)

            I have never seen manga in double page format outside of stitched spreads.

            >stitched spreads.
            god I wish that wasn't a thing. it's annoying having to split them each time I download manga. keep them single pages and let the software handle it ffs

            Give me an E-reader/E-paper with large storage (SD-card slot is enough), color screen preferable AND without androidOS (this is my dealbreaker).
            I'm considering the Boox colored model (like Note Air C/Tab Ultra C Pro) as perfect for me, except for the OS

            >I'm considering the Boox colored model (like Note Air C/Tab Ultra C Pro) as perfect for me, except for the OS
            honestly same, I'd prefer not having an Android reader. I'd rather have it do one thing and do it well, and having a simpler OS generally also means better battery life

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Normally manga is distributed in epub format and the stiching is handled by the reader software.
            I've seen a few doujin releases that included double pages but they also included the single page version.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            yeah, the few ones I have that I de-DRM'd from Kobo Plus were all in single page format epubs, which is pretty much perfect
            I see a lot where the uploader stitches double pages together in other places like nyaa tho, so I have to split them manually and it's annoying, I'd rather have an untouched version. even cbz can do double pages fine, just add a blank page at the start of the manga if they shifted one page and you're done
            >I've seen a few doujin releases that included double pages but they also included the single page version.
            the only 2 doujins I ever purchased (because I couldn't find a digital version anywhere) came in single pages only and without DRM at all. that's the best imo

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The standard for doujin is to release a pdf and a folder with single images. In some cases you only get one or the other.
            Some artists play around and offer screentone and greyscale options and whatnot.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I only got single images with mine yeah. more than fine, I wouldn't use the pdf anyway
            wanted to slap an existing translation on it too but I got lazy

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            There's one case where I noticed the pdf has not only higher quality (5326×8633 vs 2646x4418) and also included vectorized text in the pdf version so it can be worth checking out.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Ironically I can't post the other version for comparison because the jpg included is 8.2MB.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            resolution wouldn't matter all that much imo, 4418 is already close enough to the resolution where I keep my backups anyway
            and I can easily upscale even shitty resolutions anyway. lots of my manga are from Yen Press and they distribute them at the shittiest resolutions I've ever seen (either 800x1200, 900x1350 or 1067x1600), but when upscaled by AI they look pretty good. I still keep the low res originals on the side just in case some better upscale models arrive some day though
            see for example, original: https://files.catbox.moe/5cutci.jpg (900x1350)
            AI upscaled then reduced to 4500px in height: https://files.catbox.moe/80wwil.avif
            1920px tall version for my Sage (44-bit greyscale png, downsized from the above 4500px): https://files.catbox.moe/zy8lu5.png
            so yeah even potato quality is fine for me since I can upscale it with great quality. what I can't stand though is misaligned/rotated pages, poor contrasts, inconsistent resolutions, shit like that drives me nuts

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Compare https://files.catbox.moe/xx49c4.jpg to

            There's one case where I noticed the pdf has not only higher quality (5326×8633 vs 2646x4418) and also included vectorized text in the pdf version so it can be worth checking out.

            .

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            honestly I think neither look awful, but if I paid for that I'd be a bit upset. what's with the edges and screentones being all fricked up? almost feels like it's not a digital release but a scan where someone increased contrasts way up and some details got lost on the way (that and the fact it's obviously a 2-bit picture)

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >them at the shittiest resolutions I've ever seen (either 800x1200, 900x1350 or 1067x1600)
            Some old releases used x1024. Free web manga sites also sometimes have resolutions below x1000 but at least you can wait for the volume release in those cases.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >and having a simpler OS generally also means better battery life
            The non-BSR Boox devices have the longest battery life. Just because some devices use a simpler Linux doesn't really give them advantages in power saving.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            my note air 3 does not have bsr and i read a few hours a day, usually with the backlight, and can go about a week before my battery gets to ~20% and i put it on the charger.
            you can also turn it off completely instead of just sleep mode if you want to conserve more power.
            its honestly not that bad

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That was also part of why I personally settled on the Sage.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >8" is roughly the page size of my physical manga,
            Manga is originally released in B5 sized magazines. 13" is the best approximation.
            Compiled volumes use A5 format, equivalent to 10", and B6 format, equivalent to 8". Some special editions also use B5.
            Once you factor in that you need to double the size in order to display two pages at once, you are looking at B4 and A4 sized readers, bigger than what's actually available. 10" is the minimum practical size and even there you are likely going to be limited to single pages reading for more detailed series.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >limited to single pages reading
            do people read manga two pages at a time? the few I have read have all been single pages on my boox note air

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It's how it's meant to be read. It's how it was read on paper and it's still done that way for digital, even with series that never see a paper release.
            If you use manga reading apps they'll show double pages when you switch to landscape and manga reading websites will normally display double pages whenever enough horizontal space is available.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I have never seen manga in double page format outside of stitched spreads.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That makes sense and technically that is how you read a book, both pages are visible. I don't know why it never occurred to me to try and read either on a screen in such a way.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That's a lot of autism, anon. Consider this: 8" reading is comfy.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've got an ipad (got it for free, so don't judge), but would really like a proper e-reader. Only issue is, 90% of my library is in pdf.

    Whats the best e-reader for pdf books?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Whats the best e-reader for pdf books?
      Some 10" or 13". Boox Note Air 3C if you want color, otherwise you might for instance consider Boox Note Air 3, Supernote A5X2, Boox Tab X or Kindle Scribe.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Bullshit, any 8" will do fine. Even better if you go Koreader and remove margins

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          He asked for the best. Removing margins can help in some situations but it's far from a universal solution.
          8" is simply a lot smaller than letter or A4 paper. Even 13" isn't quite that size but it's usually good enough.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I still use a circa 2012 Nook Simple Touch
    Really need to think about getting a new battery

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Idk about anyone else but I'm disappointed in my new Clara BW. My first ereader and its got a ton of tiny issues that annoy the shit out of me. Its a slippery little devil for starters. Very uncomfortable to hold in portrait. No worries, I'll just turn it to landscape.... oh wait no I won't because Kobo are CHEAP c**tS and haven't added a landscape option among other things. This pissed me off the most. The thing is CLEARLY capable of landscape but kobo are evidently homosexuals and have 'conveniently' left that feature out. So now we mod. Except that nickelmenu isn't up to date and although landscape works the touchscreen is inverse and mirrored to the actual gui which makes navigating menus absolutely impossible. Thats cool though theres always koreader.... which doesn't work on this thing either. Great little unit for the price.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Used to want a reader over a decade ago but never found a good one.
    >no onboard storage, SD card only
    >no connectivity, no store to prop up
    >no touch, real buttons only
    So I've written off e-readers as an elaborate hoax.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That all sounds rather oddly specific.
      You had devices like the eOnebook that only worked with buttons and SD cards and even used AAA batteries but nobody bought them.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I just wanted a file viewer that did its one thing. Did they ever fix the garbage contrast? The background needs to be white not gray.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Go build your own if you think you know everything.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    wish koreader on my tolino had the ability to completely disable backlight but other than that it really is perfect

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    best way to pirate e-books?
    any torrent tracker?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      libgen, nyaa, exhentai

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What format is best for manga anyway? Everything I've gotten so far is the simple old CBZ format.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      cbz is the easiest and fastest
      epub works fine too but if you're not getting them already in that format (hint: if you're pirating them you won't) you'll need to go out of your way and create those epubs yourself. it's a waste of time and your e-reader will open them and turn pages slower than cbz. it's even more of a time waste now that koreader handles custom metadata, so you can have metadata for your cbz files too

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        All good info to have, thanks anon.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          welcome anon
          here's an example of cbz with custom metadata on koreader btw

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >it's a waste of time and your e-reader will open them and turn pages slower than cbz.
        Do you have any data to back that up? Mine turns pages in the blink of an eye so I'm not sure if there's any practical difference.
        >it's even more of a time waste now that koreader handles custom metadata, so you can have metadata for your cbz files too
        Does it include RTL/LTR?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I mean I never timed it or anything but when I tried both epub was noticeably slower, yes
          if you want me to I can create an epub and cbz files and check it again, but epub was like 3-4 times slower last time I checked
          >Does it include RTL/LTR?
          no. it's for author/title/volume/series, etc

          So far I've only been reading in single-page mode so positioning hasn't been an issue but it would certainly be nice to have a proper contents.

          [...]
          Very cool, I'm somewhat reluctant to try out koreader in case I end up disliking it, is there any simple way of removing it in that case?

          Also
          >33.1MB
          jesus, everything I find is 2-4x that size.

          >is there any simple way of removing it in that case?
          iirc just removing the .adds folder at the root of your kobo's internal memory is enough
          >jesus, everything I find is 2-4x that size
          because the ones on my kobo are custom "re-encodes" (if that's an appropriate word for image files kek). basically 4-bit greyscale pngs resized to my kobo's native resolution (I upscale them with an AI model first then resize them down). those pngs are VERY lightweight

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Can you set up Koreader so that you can still flip to the next pages by tapping on the left side? While still allowing you to tap on the right side for LTR content.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            there are options to change how you turn pages yeah
            you can pick between taps and swipes, you can invert those (which is what you want I believe) and you can even disable them altogether if your device has page turn buttons (I disabled them on my Sage)
            I believe it's a global setting though, so you have to change it when you go from RLT to LTR and vice-versa

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Fixed layout epub is the industry standard. It tells the reader what pages go left, which go right and so on. It also includes a table of contents which is useful for reading volumes and incredibly helpful when reading magazines.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        So far I've only been reading in single-page mode so positioning hasn't been an issue but it would certainly be nice to have a proper contents.

        welcome anon
        here's an example of cbz with custom metadata on koreader btw

        Very cool, I'm somewhat reluctant to try out koreader in case I end up disliking it, is there any simple way of removing it in that case?

        Also
        >33.1MB
        jesus, everything I find is 2-4x that size.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    (obviously meant 4-bit png at the end, not 44)

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I use Koreader with a Kobo Libra 2, super comfy
    but
    the fricking usb c on it is the most dogshit thing I've ever seen
    50% of the times when I connect it to my pc, it just hangs and I have to wait 5 minutes for it to hard-reboot
    It's annoying enough of a problem that I want to buy a new one, probably a Palma next time...

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Kobo has so much potential but just cant seem to get the hardware quality consistent.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    are these any good for reading manga? i love to read when im in bed but the phone screen feels too small

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yes
      get an 8" or bigger model. 8" is good for single pages, 10+ is good for page spreads

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Now hackable to be used as a monitor.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Reminder that INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1',''); is all you need to bypass forced online account setup on Kobo and enjoy a comfy offline reading experience. Also, Calibre/Koreader/Plato are bloat and Kepubify with stock Nickel UI is all you need.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      why not just use 'SideloadedMode'?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >bloat
      Koreader has features.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Nickel is fricking slow. Koreader is comfy and fast as frick

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I got one and just use it to read erotica before sleep.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >read erotica
      breasts or gtfo

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        post breasts

        I'm a dude.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          🙁

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          doesn't mean you don't have breasts to post

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      post breasts

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    white woman hands typed this

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm manlier than you onions boy

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        female to male?
        slayyy xing!

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Sure come here stuff your face between my legs, you like "pussy" right?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why is reading considered feminine?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Reading is only feminine if its dumb shit or erotica, normiecore stuff like 50 shades, twilight etc
        Anything different gets close to autistic territory quite fast, not womanly at all.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          95% of my fapping has been to well written erotica. Most video porn, except for some based amateur/fetish content, does nothing for me.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Feminine brain.
            At least with porn you can get niche enough on the visuals that you want. Erotica feels like everything is the same boring stuff. Even porn games heavy in text content are more fun than plainly written stuff.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >porn you can get niche enough on the visuals that you want
            I haven't ever found anything that caters to what I want perfectly. Maybe with AI.
            >Erotica feels like everything is the same boring stuff
            >plainly written stuff
            Not sure what you mean. Do you feel that way about every book you read? Erotica varies widely in quality, subject, content, audience, etc. The stuff I enjoy, like with regular books, is only a very small subset.
            To be fair, I haven't found the perfect erotica either, just stuff that tends to be a lot closer than professional porn.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The publishing industry is all female, that's why all modern books are shit. Of course actually reading is completely masculine, women only buy books to display and show off their political stances like bumper stickers.

        Reminder that INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1',''); is all you need to bypass forced online account setup on Kobo and enjoy a comfy offline reading experience. Also, Calibre/Koreader/Plato are bloat and Kepubify with stock Nickel UI is all you need.

        I never understand why some people are so militantly opposed to library management. I see the same mindset in people who hate jellyfin/plex and think just using explorer for movie management is enough and anything else is useless bloat. Did Melvil Dewey wrong-touch you as a child?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          People here are moronic and enjoy using subpar software just to be contrarian or needlessly minimalistic.
          See phone morons preferring browsing IQfy directly through the browser instead of a dedicated app.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any tools/scripts to optimize PDF/epubs for e-readers?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      epubs shouldn't really need anything.
      pdf will depend on what reader you use. If it doesn't have automated cropping you need to manually crop them before transferring. I use Krop for that purpose but there's tons of alternatives.
      In some cases you can also look into removing images, especially background images.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        OK, what about converting text from raster to vectors or vice versa?
        Shouldn't that improve loading?

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